Are you tired of seeing the signs of aging? If you’re experiencing age-related midface volume loss (think hollow cheeks), it’s time to consider Juvederm Voluma XC. Here at Milford MD in Milford, PA, we offer the Juvederm family of products to our patients who want to combat the signs of aging or restore facial volume and contours.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Juvederm Voluma XC?
If you’re an adult over the age of 21 and you have mild, moderate, or severe volume loss in the cheek area on your face, you’re most likely a good candidate for Juvederm Voluma XC. This dermal filler (an injectable gel), is one of the safest and most versatile cosmetic injectables available on the market today. However, you won’t be a suitable candidate for this treatment if you’re pregnant or nursing.
This treatment is so popular because it’s a great way to gain some shape and volume in your cheeks or chin without undergoing painful surgery. It can help restore your facial volume and give you a more youthful appearance in many different ways, including:
- Filling in hollow areas on the face
- Correcting skin laxity in the cheeks
- Contouring facial curves
- Combating age-related midface volume loss
What Areas of the Cheeks Can Voluma XC Treat?
While the entire Juvederm family of products contains hyaluronic acid, Voluma XC is the only one designed to restore, hydrate, and nourish the skin to restore volume and contours. In fact, it’s the only FDA-approved dermal filler specifically designed to correct midface volume loss, specifically in the cheeks.
It can be challenging to treat volume loss in the face because the skin there can be thicker than in other areas of the body. That’s why it requires a more robust product and dermal filler that can help treat anywhere from fine lines to facial wrinkles and folds. Since Juvederm Voluma XC contains a thicker consistency, it’s perfect for addressing those types of concerns. It restores volume and hydrates for a smoother, plumper, more youthful appearance.
The Apples of Your Cheeks
When it comes to age-related midface volume loss, the cheeks (specifically, the apples of the cheek) are often the most vulnerable place. Since the apples constantly get pushed forward when you smile, they end up moving a lot each day and can actually lose volume as you age. When you’re younger, they appear full and round. However, age can cause the apples of your cheeks to look smaller or even hollow. Once you undergo a Voluma XC treatment, the apples of your cheeks will once more look youthful, full, round, and rosy, making you appear friendlier and more approachable.
The Apex of Your Cheek
The apex is the highest region on your cheeks, including the line between your under-eye area and cheeks. This line can become more prominent when you experience age-related volume loss, which can make your face look hollow or even sunken. However, targeted Voluma XC injections can help you restore the apex of your cheeks, making the lines and contours much fuller and redefined.
The Hollows of Your Cheek
The hollows of your cheeks have the largest actual surface area and also include the region just under the cheekbones. If you’re looking in a mirror and puff up your cheeks, the part that gets large is the hollow. As you age, this area can lose volume and look sunken. Your skin in this area is also susceptible to losing laxity, which can make the hollows of your cheek look more pronounced, aging you prematurely. However, Juvederm Voluma XC is one of the most highly effective fillers that will help smooth your skin out and add that radiant fullness to your cheeks again.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid So Beneficial to the Skin?
To answer this question about hyaluronic acid, first, you need some background information about the skin itself, which is composed of many different layers. The extracellular matrix, or ECM, is the basement membrane layer, which sits far down on the skin. You may not know it, but the ECM plays a critical part in maintaining your skin’s health.
The ECM layer consists of a delicate weave of elastin, hyaluronic acid, and collagen, which gives your skin structure, shape, and moisture. Since these are all interwoven, if one starts to diminish, the other two decrease as well. Eventually, the drop in your body’s natural hyaluronic acid reserves causes volume loss and gives your skin a sunken, aged appearance.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a polysaccharide, a carbohydrate that comprises different sugar molecules bonded with each other. HA binds to water, which helps the skin retain precious moisture while also delivering vital nutrients to the areas that need them. It also can help skin heal, lubricate joints, and has many other purposes that allow your body to function. However, there’s a catch: your body’s HA production starts to diminish as you age.
Eventually, this diminished production speeds up the signs of aging, such as midface volume loss, wrinkles, and fine lines. Juvederm’s family of fillers seeks to restore the body’s HA using a safe injectable gel that consists of an HA formulation. Upon injection, Voluma XC will immediately begin binding to water the same way that the HA your body produces naturally, causing your face to fill out and giving you more volume and youthful appeal.
When Can You Expect to See Results?
You can expect to see immediate results after a treatment session, but you won’t see the full results until about a week or two. The first week or so after your treatment, the HA will settle in a way that looks entirely natural. Not only will you see greater volume, but you’ll see a more desirable shape and fullness, too.
What Are the Benefits of Voluma XC?
There’s no doubt about it: Juvederm Voluma XC is the most popular and effective treatment for midface volume loss. Juvederm first came on to the scene in 2006, with the original formula being used to treat fine lines in wrinkles. While there are many different formulations in the Juvederm family. Voluma XC continues to be one of the most effective and successful. It first earned approval from the FDA in 2013 and is one of the best dermal fillers on the market to help give your cheeks a fuller, more youthful appearance.
You Can Enjoy Your Results for Up to Two Years
There’s another great benefit: it’s the longest-lasting filler offered by Juvederm, with optimal results lasting up to two years after a treatment session. It’s clear to see that only needing touch-up sessions every two years saves both time and money. The results will eventually dissipate very slowly, that it still looks natural, and you won’t suddenly see dramatic volume loss overnight. Once you see the results start to fade, it’s easy to schedule another maintenance session.
Natural, Youthful-Looking Results
There’s another reason why Juvederm is so effective: the results it delivers are extremely natural-looking. The gel in this dermal filler is designed to seamlessly integrate into your skin tissues, mimicking the HA that your body makes naturally. This natural integration means that you won’t look overdone or “overfilled,” only natural. However, you’ll be able to notice your results very quickly after your treatment session, most likely before you even leave our office.
Comfortable Treatment Process
Another great benefit to this treatment is that it’s completely comfortable and pain-free. Every single Juvederm formula, including Voluma XC, now includes a local anesthetic, which will ensure that your treatment session remains comfortable and pain-free. The injections will provide a relaxing numbing effect, but it’s not so powerful that it will make it so you can’t move your face. In fact, the effects will wear off in less than an hour.
How Long Is a Treatment Session?
Dermal fillers, including Voluma XC, are both fast and efficient. You can expect that a treatment session will be finished in about 45 minutes. That means that there’s no long, drawn-out process like with surgery. There are no incisions, and no painful recovery process, either.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
After a treatment session, you should avoid consuming alcohol for about 24 hours. It’s also essential that you avoid putting too much pressure on the area you treated. If you put too much pressure or touch the areas you treated, it can cause the filler to move around. That could potentially create an unbalanced look, making the results look less than natural. Therefore, after your session, it’s critical to clean and wash your face very gently with a high-quality cleanser. We are always happy to help recommend skin products that can help you get high-quality results.
You should also avoid prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold. In fact, you’ll need to avoid these things altogether:
- Hot tubs
- Sun tanning
Get a Fuller, More Youthful Appearance Today with Juvederm
Here at Milford MD in Milford, PA, we offer the Juvederm family of products to help you regain and restore your youthful appearance. Voluma XC is one of the quickest and most effective dermal fillers on the market, which can help you achieve that natural, youthful look in your cheeks again without painful surgery or downtime. Contact us today here at Milford MD and schedule your initial consultation today—don’t let youth be wasted on the young anymore!